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The Climate Explorer - globalchange.gov

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8 to 12
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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from...more
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The Climate Explorer uses information from global climate models to create graphs and projections for future climate predictions. Also, this site displays weather observations from the 1950's through the early 2000's. Use filters to search by location, topic, or variables including temperature and precipitation.

tag(s): climate (78), climate change (76), floods (11), temperature (31), weather (156)

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Bookmark and share this resource for student research into climate change anywhere in the world. Have groups of students work on different perspectives of climate change including rainfall, annual and monthly temperature change over time, population density, or flooding changes. Have students make an impressive, interactive poster, infographics, chart or multimedia presentation sharing their findings using Genial.ly, reviewed here. Genial.ly allows you to add polls, videos, embeds, web links, PowerPoint, PDfs, and more to any presentation.

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Climate Kids - NASA

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3 to 6
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Learn about climate change through games, articles, and interactives at Climate Kids. Choose from different aspects of climate change including oceans or plants and animals, or use...more
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Learn about climate change through games, articles, and interactives at Climate Kids. Choose from different aspects of climate change including oceans or plants and animals, or use links at the top of the page to choose the type of activity. In addition to student activities, this site features information and ideas for teaching about climate change.

tag(s): air (106), animals (264), carbon (14), climate (78), climate change (76), energy (126), oceans (128), plants (135), weather (156)

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Include Climate Kids with any unit on weather, oceans, or climate change. Share the site on your interactive whiteboard to feature specific games and activities for your students. The entire site may be overwhelming for younger students; instead of creating a link to the main site, create separate links to games and activities on classroom computers and on your class website. Upon completion of your unit,modify learning by having students create a simple infographic sharing information about climate change using Infogram, reviewed here. Transform learning by having students take pictures of your local environment, then create an annotated image sharing potential effects of climate change, including text boxes and related links, using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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SciJinks: Its All About Weather! - NOAA/NASA

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3 to 12
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side...more
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SciJinks offers informative articles and games geared toward middle school students as they learn about weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science. Use the list on the left side of the page to choose from topics, answers, find games, learn about people, and much more. Select the Topics section to find many ideas for use in science classrooms including content aligned to Next Generation Science Standards.

tag(s): atmosphere (21), careers (131), hurricanes (28), oceans (128), science fairs (21), scientific method (47), scientists (61), seasons (32), space (202), weather (156)

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Although geared toward middle school students and educators, anyone who teaches weather will want to take the time to explore this site for student and teacher resources. Use the educators section to find activities, science fair ideas, and content aligned to standards. Share the people portion of the site during your career exploration activities. Share a link to games and activities on classroom computers and your class website. Upon completing activities, have students create an online or printed comic about an element of weather, climate, meteorology, or any aspect of Earth science. Use a tool such as Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here, for a nontech rough and final draft. If you're new to using technology with your students, or teach younger students enhance their learning and augment techology use with ToonyTool, reviewed here, for their final drafts. To to enhance learning and modify tech use in your class for more experienced, older students try Write Comics, reviewed here.
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Weather-Ready Nation - National Weather Service

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K to 12
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Weather-Ready Nation provides weather safety information and forecasts along with all of the latest weather news. Choose the weather safety link to learn about specific weather threats...more
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Weather-Ready Nation provides weather safety information and forecasts along with all of the latest weather news. Choose the weather safety link to learn about specific weather threats such as lightning safety and hurricanes. This site also includes seasonal safety campaigns featuring information and tips for dealing with seasonal weather. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): fire (23), floods (11), hurricanes (28), safety (72), snow (16), tornadoes (12), tsunamis (14), weather (156)

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Share a link to Weather-Ready Nation on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Include information from the site during your weather unit. Discuss weather threats that are specific to your area. Take advantage of the free flyer to print and include on a classroom bulletin board. Have students create annotated images of weather events including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create daily weather forecast videos using Powtoon, reviewed here, and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.
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When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards - NBC Learn

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5 to 12
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Explore the science behind the world's worst natural disasters. These ten videos are hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia and The Weather Channel in partnership...more
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Explore the science behind the world's worst natural disasters. These ten videos are hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia and The Weather Channel in partnership with NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation. Topics include Wildfires, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, Space Weather, Landslides, Hurricanes, Flash Floods, and Earthquakes. Videos are approximately 5 to 6 minutes in length and include transcripts. Scientists' interviews explain the stunning scenes of nature's havoc. Although part of a larger site that charges for access, these videos are free.
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tag(s): earthquakes (42), floods (11), hurricanes (28), natural disasters (15), scientists (61), tornadoes (12), tsunamis (14), volcanoes (50), weather (156)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the weather. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Enhance their learning with the challenge to use YiNote, reviewed here, which is a Chrome extension for taking notes online on the video while watching it. Have students create an annotated, narrated image, including text boxes and related links, using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Place the videos on your classroom website or blog for students to explore on their own. Flip your instruction, and have your scientists watch the videos before class time to build background knowledge. Review nonfiction reading strategies with students before reading the transcripts. Have students investigate STEM careers by researching the jobs of the scientists interviewed in the videos.

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Owlie Skywarn - National Weather Service

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K to 5
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Learn Science and Weather Safety with Owlie Skywarn, a site produced by the National Weather Service. Begin with Fun With Owlie and read Owlie's Journal. Participate in a Weather Ready...more
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Learn Science and Weather Safety with Owlie Skywarn, a site produced by the National Weather Service. Begin with Fun With Owlie and read Owlie's Journal. Participate in a Weather Ready Activity for emergency preparedness. Master the weather game to become a young meteorologist or make a copy of Flat Owlie to take with you in any weather! Be sure also to check out the sections for parents and teens with many resources for teaching and learning about weather.

tag(s): weather (156)

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Print and share Flat Owlies with your students to send on travels around the country and the world. Ask travelers to share pictures of Flat Owlie in different types of weather. Include activities from this site with your weather unit. Use Owlie's Journal as a model for creating a class weather journal. If you are beginning the process of integrating technology, substitute paper and pen by having students create weather blogs sharing their learning and understanding using Penzu, reviewed here. If you are teaching younger students and looking for an easy way to integrate technology and check for understanding, challenge your students to create a blog using Edublog, reviewed here.Take daily pictures of the weather outside your classroom and create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here.
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Interactives & Simulations: Weather, Climate & Atmosphere Education - UCAR Center for Science Education

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5 to 12
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This site provides a small, but worthwhile, selection of interactives and simulations related to the weather and climate. Choose from interesting activities such as launching a virtual...more
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This site provides a small, but worthwhile, selection of interactives and simulations related to the weather and climate. Choose from interesting activities such as launching a virtual balloon to examining layers of the earth's atmosphere, or "building" a tree using different climate options. Each activity includes a full explanation and many include additional links or extension activities.

tag(s): arctic (41), atmosphere (21), carbon dioxide (9), climate (78), climate change (76), hurricanes (28), solar energy (32), sun (59), trees (17)

In the Classroom

Introduce Interactives & Simulations on an interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore on their own. Be sure to provide a link on your class website or blog for students to explore at home. Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here, to demonstrate information learned from this site. Alternatively students could create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here.

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Sky Diary - Chris Kidler

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2 to 7
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Sky Diary offers facts for students about hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and storm chasing. Choose the link to each of the topics to find quick facts such as how tornadoes or ...more
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Sky Diary offers facts for students about hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and storm chasing. Choose the link to each of the topics to find quick facts such as how tornadoes or hurricanes form, measuring intensity of hurricanes and tornadoes, or safety precautions. The storm chasing portion of the site offers insight into a typical storm chase, reality vs tv, and how to become a storm chaser. This simple site contains a great deal of useful weather information for classroom use.
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tag(s): careers (131), hurricanes (28), tornadoes (12), weather (156)

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Share information from the site on your interactive whiteboard during weather, career, or storm preparedness units. Challenge students to create an avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the development of hurricanes or tornadoes, or severe weather safety instructions. Use a site such as FotoFlexer, reviewed here.

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WeatherSpark - WeatherSpark.com

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6 to 12
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Find beautiful weather graphics from a location of your choice. Choose your location and NOAA data is populated on interactive graphs. View the current Doppler weather conditions. Also...more
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Find beautiful weather graphics from a location of your choice. Choose your location and NOAA data is populated on interactive graphs. View the current Doppler weather conditions. Also view the history going back up to a year. Click on "Select Graphs" to choose data to be shown such as Sun, Clouds, Precipitation type/amount/rate, Temperature, Humidity, and Pressure. Make comparisons among four different locations. Move the slider along the bottom to go back to various decades from 1950 on to view data. Switch tabs along the upper left between dashboard (contains map and graphs,) maps, or graphs. Click "More" to view Forecast, Reports, or Climate. Change the data between English measurements and metric along the top right of the site.
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tag(s): climate (78), climate change (76), weather (156)

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Identify changes in average temperatures and precipitation. Compare forecasts and other data from the same location at different years or between more than one location. Identify trends, notice differences among other areas, and develop explanations for these differences. Research various factors that affect the climate.

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Water, Water Everywhere - National Center for Atmospheric Research

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K to 5
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Although the main emphasis of this site is to offer information to students about the water cycle, there is much more valuable information to be found about many aspects of ...more
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Although the main emphasis of this site is to offer information to students about the water cycle, there is much more valuable information to be found about many aspects of our atmosphere. Learn about the water cycle by clicking different portions of the image found on the page, these links lead to child-friendly information about that portion of the water cycle. For example, click on lakes to learn about how water gets in and out of lakes, who needs lakes, and other pertinent information. Find out about stuff in the sky to learn about cloud types, the sun, pollution, and more. Each month a fun fact is offered with interesting information related to water or the atmosphere. There are links to games and picture galleries; however, they take you off the site so be sure to check them out before allowing students to freely explore all parts of the website.

tag(s): atmosphere (21), pollution (47), rivers (13), water (96), water cycle (19), weather (156)

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Explore the site with your class on your interactive whiteboard or projector during units on the water cycle, clouds, weather, and/or climate. Create a link to the site on classroom computers - assign sections of the site to different students and have them create a multimedia presentation on information found. Have students create simple commercials using Kizoa, reviewed here, and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube, reviewed here. Choose the "Games" linked to the site to use as classroom centers. Share this site on your classroom newsletter or blog for students to explore at home.

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Extreme Earth - Extreme Science

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7 to 12
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This site offers a simple site (sub-page) from Extreme Science. Learn factual information about the geologic history of the earth. On the left side of the page, there is a ...more
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This site offers a simple site (sub-page) from Extreme Science. Learn factual information about the geologic history of the earth. On the left side of the page, there is a navigational list of topics that allows one to navigate between topics. The readings are fairly easy for early high school aged students and would work as a nice alternative to textbook readings. The hotlinks to extra information on specific terms and concepts are a very helpful and convenient touch. Be aware: there are some advertisements. Advise students not to click on the ads.

tag(s): amazon (9), animals (264), antarctica (27), arctic (41), earth (172), earthquakes (42), geology (60), plate tectonics (18), sun (59), tsunamis (14), volcanoes (50), weather (156)

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Use this site as an alternative to a textbook in a one to one laptop science class. Add the link to the classroom wiki as an informational resource for your students. Or, develop questions about the reading and use as a guided reading activity to help enhance reading across the curriculum activities. Have cooperative learning groups explore one of the specific topics and create multimedia presentations. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students use Thinglink, reviewed here to narrate a picture.

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Earth View - The Living Earth

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This very simple tool allows you to show how the earth's rotation affects daylight. By viewing different time zones, latitude, and longitude you can see where it is day and ...more
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This very simple tool allows you to show how the earth's rotation affects daylight. By viewing different time zones, latitude, and longitude you can see where it is day and night. The site does allow you to zoom in slightly, but not too close. There are many "custom" viewing options for current cloud cover, IR imagery, and much more.

tag(s): earth (172), globe (13), iwb (32), maps (220), seasons (32), weather (156)

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This tool is great for all levels. Use this as part of a science, social studies or geography lesson. Put this site up on your interactive whiteboard or projector. When using this with young students, use the zoom feature and zoom into different areas of the world to show them day and night. What a great way to teach about opposites. When using with older students show them how to find locations using the latitude and longitude feature. Use the different views with both younger and older students so they can see how the earth looks from the moon and from the sun.Use custom weather imagery as part of a unit on weather and global atmospheric patterns.

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All About Snow - National Snow and Ice Data Center

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3 to 12
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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, ...more
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Everything you wanted to know about snow can be found in this informative site. The site is divided into easy to use sections containing facts, questions and answers, a gallery, and other useful links. The range of topics goes from blizzards to snow formations. Especially informative is the question and answer section where readers can find the answer to questions from "How big can a snowflake get?" to "Is it ever too cold to snow?"

tag(s): snow (16), weather (156)

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Ask students to write their own questions about snow and research the information on this site. This is a perfect site to include with any winter activities. Ask students to locate the places mentioned in the gallery on a map. Have students research a historic snowstorm from a specific geographical location and use an online mapping tool to tell the class about the winter event (and location). Try a tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here. Use the site when teaching a unit on weather (or winter Olympics) for factual information about snow using the resources link. Extend the snow "storm" by investigating everything there is to know about snowflakes at Snowflake Bentley, reviewed here, and Snow Crystals, reviewed here.

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Weather Wiz kids - Crystal Wicker

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Crystal Wicker, a meteorologist from Indiana, offers easy to understand descriptions and explanations of weather related topics like rain, hurricanes, clouds, climate, and volcanoes....more
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Crystal Wicker, a meteorologist from Indiana, offers easy to understand descriptions and explanations of weather related topics like rain, hurricanes, clouds, climate, and volcanoes. Interactives, experiments, lesson plans, and other hands on learning experiences enhance this website aimed at elementary aged students.

tag(s): weather (156)

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Introduce weather topics like hurricanes, earthquakes, or volcanoes to students using an interactive whiteboard. Use this site as a great jumping off point for older students' research projects. Use various experiments, games, and lesson plans throughout weather related units of study. Have students create weather journals where they record facts from the subtopics and relate them to weather in the news. Have cooperative learning groups research one specific topic and create online books to share with the class using a site such as Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Drought Monitor - University of Nebraska

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6 to 12
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Working with NOAA, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln has created one of the best looking drought monitoring sites we've seen. There are maps showing drought severity, crop data,...more
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Working with NOAA, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln has created one of the best looking drought monitoring sites we've seen. There are maps showing drought severity, crop data, rainfall, and related topics over a wide variety of time series, and the quality of the graphics is well beyond that of most similar sites. If your students are studying weather - or just complaining about the summer heat - this site can shed some light on the problem.

tag(s): agriculture (43), climate (78), weather (156)

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